Biography of Thomas E. Campbell
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THOMAS E. CAMPBELL, well known mining man of Yavapai County, who was elected Assessor of the County at the First State Election, having long been keenly interested in the subject of taxation. has displayed an exceptionally strong interest in the affairs of his office. Mr. Campbell was one of the prime movers in the formation of the State Assessors' Association, and because of his comprehensive knowledge and thorough understanding of the tax question, was chosen President of the Association at the last election. He was born in Prescott January 18, 1878, of Scotch-Irish parentage. His father, Daniel Campbell, located in Prescott in 1869. Thomas Campbell attended the public schools of his native town, was graduated from the High School there, and finished his education at St. Mary's College, Oakland, Cal. During his college course he gave particular attention to the study of Science and Economics. Mr. Campbell has held a number of official positions, having first been Assistant Postmaster at Prescott. which he resigned in 1898 to accept that of Acting Postmaster at Jerome. He was later appointed Postmaster at Jerome, but resigned that office in order that he might devote his entire attention to his mining interests in the northern part of the State. In 1900, when but 22 years old, he was elected to represent Yavapai County in the Legislative Assembly, and had the distinction of being the first Native Son elected to such a position. In June of the same year he married Miss Eleanor Gayle Allen, daughter of H. J. Allen, of Jerome, and from this happy mating have issued two sons, Allen and Brodie, aged ten and eight years, respectively. In the fall of 1906, elected Chairman of the Yavapai County Central Committee, he waged a strong campaign, taking as an issue "Equal Taxation, Honesty and Ability in Public Office," the result of which was that the County obtained a Republican administration, the first in many years. In appreciation of his knowledge of taxation, his honesty and courage, he was appointed County Assessor for the term expiring 1910, reappointed in 1911, and in December of the same year was elected by the largest vote received by any candidate in the county. As assessor he has ever been foremost in promulgating equitable and intelligent methods of assessing all classes of property with a view to equitably, distributing the burdens of taxation. It was through his efforts that the Arizona Assessors' Association was created in 1911, when Mr. Campbell was unanimously elected its first President, and reelected in 1912. During the session of the first State Legislature he succeeded in having introduced the Acts Creating a State Tax Commission, State Board of Equalization, and the Assessment of Public Service Corporations. Mr. Campbell is recognized as one of the tax experts of Arizona, and his address on "Centralized Administrative Authority on Taxation" shows his calibre. Mr. Campbell is deeply interested in stock raising and mining in Yavapai County, takes a keen interest in all public questions, is a Progressive Republican, and though still a young man, is a recognized leader of his party.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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